Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mass Demonstration by Part-B deprived teachers

A mass demonstration was held in front of the Directorate of Education today (9th September, 2014) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. by the affected categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers who have been denied the upgraded pay under Part B of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008.  The mass demonstration was organised to protest against the delay in extending the upgraded pay under Part B to teachers and miscellaneous teachers like Headmasters, Physical Education Teachers, Librarians, Primary School Resource Teachers, Craft Instructors, Lab Assistants, etc. numbering about 850 working under the Education Department of Andaman and Nicobabr Administration. 

          While inaugurating the Mass Demonstration, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association said that on implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations in these islands during September, 2008, the above categories of teachers and miscellaneous teachers were excluded from the upgraded pay under Part B on illogical grounds. He said that teachers of the above categories working under the Govt. of NCT of Delhi,   UT Government of Puducherry and other UTs and central government schools have already been given the upgraded pay under Part B at par with Post Graduate Teachers, Graduate Trained Teachers, Primary School Teachers, as the case may be.  Instead of settling the issue in these islands, the Administration referred the matter to the Govt. of India where it is lying for the last six years.  He blamed the A & N Administration and Education Department for lack of initiative to pursue the matter with the Govt. of India.

 Shri HL Prasad, Acting President of the Association called upon the affected teachers to continue their struggle. Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary while addressing the participants assured them that the Association will continue to pursue their demand.  Shri R. Surendran Pillai, Secretary, South Andaman Teachers’ Branch, Shri SL Vinjit, Joint Secretary, SATB, Shri SP Bagchi and Shri Jogeshwar Lal addressed the gathering.  The Mass Demonstration was led by Shri Venkat Rama Rao, Vice President, SATB, Shri Mohammed Iqbal, General Secretary, A &N Physical Education Teachers’ Association and Shri Hemant Rao, General Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Library Association.  A large number of teachers and miscellaneous teachers, among them a good number of women, attended the mass demonstration despite unfavourable weather condition.   

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